This Filipino American Life is a podcast that explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States, atbp.
Episode 198 – “Save the Last Tinikling For Me”: Philippine Folk Dances with Ray Tadio
Rondalla. Kulintang. Bamboo poles. Gangsas. Sway balance. DANCE! We all are quite familiar with Philippine folk dances such as Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Vinta, Carinosa, Banga, and of course, Tinikling. Whether we learned them through P.E. classes back in the Philippines, church festivals in the U.S., on college campuses at a PCN, or even on viral...
Episode 197 – Filipino American History, Settler Colonialism, and Jeremy Passion’s “Lemonade” with Adrian De Leon
When and where does Filipino American history begin? Is it on October 18, 1587 in Morro Bay, California? According to our guest in this TFAL episode, this date and time only reinforces a settler colonialist narrative. Writer and public historian, Adrian De Leon, argues that “Filipino America” actually began in the 1760s in the Philippines. ...
Episode 196 – Dust Your Shoulders Out: Melissa Magsaysay on Filipino Fashion
Many of us have grown up seeing women in our lives rock the duster around the house. The piece of apparel is synonymous with traditionally women’s work. But what if the duster could be updated? What would that look like? In this episode the TFAL Crew, sans food appreciator Ryan Carpio, have an intimate...
Episode 195 – Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow: Estate Planning and Family Inheritance with Marivel Zialcita
Have you spoken to your parent(s) about estate planning? What will happen to their financial assets when they will pass away? Have you witnessed your family feud over family inheritance or ancestral land? Have you thought of what legacies you’d like to pass on when you eventually transition to the other side? In this TFAL...
Episode 194 – “Our Vibranium is our Culture”: SF’s SoMa Pilipinas w/ Desi Danganan
The South of Market, or SoMa neighborhood in San Francisco is a historical place for Filipino Americans for a century. Throughout its history, many Filipinos have called SoMa home with its affordable apartments, neighborhood amenities, and proximity to jobs in downtown San Francisco. Community advocates have been established cultural institutions and social services for its...
Episode 193 – TFAL is feeling Nervous: A Conversation with Jen Soriano
Have you ever been in constant pain and could not figure out why? Have you ever felt a knot in your back and felt like you could never break it? What happens when family trauma transcends generations and physically manifests itself in your body? In this episode of TFAL join Elaine and Producer Mike as...
Feels like chilling at home…
…or at the house of a childhood friend. This podcast truly captures what it’s like to be a Filipino American who’s knowledgeable, concerned, and interested in their community while also reserving the space necessary to bust their own and each other’s chops. Salamat for presenting a vibrant range of the Filipino-American experience.
Make Is Magic
This show makes me feel like I’m sitting down having chisme with my ates and kuyas. I love the family dynamic and Filipino insider jokes (I laughed so hard at the tinna-pie joke in the thanksgiving episode 🤣🤣🤣) Salamat to the hosts for being so funny and for creating a comfortable space for us lahat.